HMCS GRANBY J264 / 180

 

Bangor Class Minesweeper / Diving Tender

 


 

 

HMCS Granby J264

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-44,   St. Lawrence  1942, 1944

 

 

Laid down: 17 Dec 1940

Launched: 06 Sep 1941

Commissioned: 02 May 1942

Paid off:: 31 Jul 1945

Re-commissioned 23 May 1953

Paid off: 15 Dec 1966

Fate: Unknown

 

Built at Levis, Que, she was commissioned at Quebec City on 02 May 1942. Granby arrived at Halifax on 13 May 1942. She completed working up and was assigned first to Sydney Force and then to Western Local defence Force. In Jun 1943, when the latter was divided into escort groups, she became a member of EG W-3 until May 1944, when she returned to Sydney Force. During this period she had an extensive refit at Lunenburg from Jun to Oct 1944, afterward proceeding to Bermuda to work up. She returned in Nov 1944 and was assigned to Shelburne Force in Feb 1945. In Apr 1945 she was transferred to Halifax Force and remained under repair at Halifax until paid off on 31 Jul 1945. Although allocated to the marine section of the RCMP as Col. White, she was not actually taken over. She was re-commissioned on 23 May 1953 for conversion to a deep-diving tender, and served as such until finally paid off on 15 Dec 1966, and sold.


 

Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Mate Jeffrey Reginald Biggs, RCNR - 02 May 1942 - 07 Feb 1943

LCdr Herbert C.R. Davis, RCNR - 08 Feb 1943 - 16 Mar 1943

A/Lt Jeffrey Reginald Biggs, RCNR - 17 Mar 1943 - 10 Oct 1943

Lt Gordon Guthrie K. Holder, RCNVR - 11 Oct 1943 - 09 May 1944

Lt Douglas A.P. Davidson, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 - 30 Jul 1944

Lt Arnold Malcolm Brodie, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1944 - 24 Apr 1945

Lt Eric Stanley Turnill, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1945 - 27 May 1945

Lt Arnold Malcolm Brodie, RCNVR - 28 May 1945 - 16 Jun 1945

Lt Eric Stanley Turnill, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1945 - 07 Aug 1945

LCdr Gordon Guthrie K. Holder, RCN - 23 May 1953 - 02 Mar 1954

LCdr George Albert Hoyte, RCN - 03 Mar 1954 - 13 May 1954

LCdr Daniel P.M. Brownlow, RCN - 14 May 1954 - 30 Sep 1954

LCdr W.E. Williams, RCN - 01 Oct 1954 - 11 Oct 1956

LCdr C.S. Smedley, RCN - 12 Oct 1956 - 16 Aug 1959

LCdr W.W. Palmer, RCN - 17 Aug 1959 - unk

Lt (D) Charles Leonard, RCN - unk - 1963

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Biggs, Jeffrey Reginald, Lt, RCNR - 30 Mar 1942 (Stand by)

 

Brown, Ronald Harley, A/Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jul 1944

 

Denyer, Horace Vincent, Lt (E), RCNVR - 03 Jul 1943

 

Gould, William Pierce, SLt, RCNVR - 07 Jun 1943

 

Higgins, Ernest Skinner, Lt, RCNVR - 02 May 1942

 

Jones, MacLean Everett, SLt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943 / Lt  - 09 Feb 1944

Kaobel, Gerry, Clearance Diver - early 1960s

 

Kelgard, Eric, Wt (E), RCNR - 02 May 1942

 

Leckie, Gordon Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1943

 

Livingstone, Robert Clarence, SLt, RCNVR - 07 Jun 1943

 

MacInnis, Donald Ross, Lt (E), RCN

 

MacLean, Donald Wilson, SLt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1944

Revfem, Erik, Lt (E), RCNR - 23 Mar 1942

 

Russelo, Carl

 

Semple, Sam - mid 1960s

 

Smith, Nevile Irwin, Lt

 

Southee, George Alfred, SLt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944

 

Train, Garth., LM, 27254-H

 

Turnill, Eric Stanley, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945

 

Wurts, Gordon Wilmot, SLt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS GRANBY J264

HMCS Granby J264 alongside Halifax - c 1945 - two outboard ships unknown

 

Note that the Grandby is missing her forward gun and the HF/DF antenna. All three ships appear to have their after Oerlikon removed. Granby and the outboard ship have had their funnel painted over obscuring the Maple Leaf. It appears that they may have been paid off.

 

From the collection of Roy Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Lt Zaphe by the signal lamp as officer of the watch on HMCS Granby J264 - 1944

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

 

 

The photos and documents below are from the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson from Margaretsville, Nova Scotia, who was a stoker on HMCS Granby J264.

 

CPO Douglas Allan Jamieson, CPO Stoker, HMCS Granby, 1942-1945

 

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby ran aground off Newfoundland in 1944.  Above is a record of engine movements

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson


Church Parade

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Unknown ships

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Gun crew of HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Crew members of HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

A bit of silhouette humour

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby J264 at St. John's, Newfoundland

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby J264 escorting a convoy

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby J264 iced up at sea - 1943

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

The launching of the ship Kensington Farm

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby J264 iced up in the North Atlantic

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Crew members of HMCS Granby J264 in life jackets

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Boarding Party 1943

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

 

Webmaster's note: The sub in this picture appears to by a USN S-Class submarine - USS S-1 and USS S-22 were transferred to the RN in 1942. USS S-1 was re-named HMS/m P-553 and USS S-22 was re-named HMS/m P-554 - both of which operated out of Halifax for anti-submarine training.

Gun crew of HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Crew members of HMCS Granby J264 fallen in on the jetty

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Stokers on HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Stokers on HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Unknown crewmember of HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Cable ship

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Relaxing on the upper decks - HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Fo'c's'le of HMCS Granby J264 iced up

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby J264 iced up

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

New York city as seen from HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Merchant ship off the approaches to New York

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

New York city as seen from HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Escorting a convoy

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Convoy steaming through pack-ice

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

HMCS Granby J264 in drydock

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Crew members of HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Preparing to launch HMCS Granby's whaler

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Boat away - Whaler from HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Crew members of HMCS Granby J264

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Doug Tutt and Bob Green

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

McKay and Douglas A. Jamieson in Margaretsville, NS

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Iced up off Newfie

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

Photo take from HMCS Granby J264 - location unknown

From the collection of Douglas Allan Jamieson

Courtesy of David Jamieson

 


 

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HMCS GRANBY 180

HMCS GRANBY 180

 

DND / RCN Photo

 

  

HMCS GRANBY 180 Christmas 1954 Dinner Menu

Courtesy of Hugh Muir

 

 


 

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